Independent Commission Against Corruption

Hong Kong urged to act on 'trend' of public-service corruption

Chow Chung-kong, chairman of the advisory committee on corruption, one of the groups to deliver reports on the activities of the ICAC yesterday. Photo: Jonathan Wong

Michael Sze Cho-cheung, chairman of the ICAC operations review committee, warned that people who entered the public service after its pension system was changed in 2000 might be more inclined to act corruptly.

Tuesday, 28 January, 2014, 5:01pm 13 comments

Nearly 100 Hong Kong government bodies refuse to reveal bills in SCMP spending poll

Former ICAC Commissioner Timothy Tong Hin-ming is grilled by the Legislative Council Public Accounts Committee in September. Photo: Sam Tsang

The independent police watchdog was the only one of around 100 government institutions that disclosed the full details of its spending on entertainment, overseas visits and gifts in a South China Morning Post survey.

27 Nov 2013 - 5:00am 11 comments

Lawmakers blast ICAC's 'creative accounting'

Timothy Tong, former head of the Independent Commission Against Corruption, attends a hearing at Legco yesterday. Photo: Edward Wong

Lawmakers have expressed concerns over what they called arbitrary and creative accounting by the Independent Commission Against Corruption as they examine expenses for meals and duty visits incurred by its former chief, Timothy Tong Hin-ming.

2 Jun 2013 - 6:03am 2 comments

Former ICAC chief Timothy Tong brought friends to official meals

Timothy Tong Hin-ming. Photo: Edward Wong

Under questioning by lawmakers at his third and final appearance before the Legislative Council's public accounts committee, Timothy Tong also admitted that he had received a gift of a traditional Chinese screen worth as much as HK$200,000 from mainland judicial officials in 2007. It was still in ICAC headquarters when he stepped down last year.

2 Jun 2013 - 6:03am 9 comments

Top officials bury 1978 idea to spy on civil servants

David Akers-jones

A confidential record from that year showed there was a suggestion that the newly formed Independent Commission Against Corruption should be able to collect pay-lists, leave rosters, postings and pictures of people in other law enforcement agencies.

27 May 2013 - 4:21am

Liaison Office chief must investigate relationship with former ICAC boss

Zhang Xiaoming, director of the Liaison Office of the Chinese Central People's Government in Hong Kong. Photo: Xinhua

When the current head of the central government's liaison office, Zhang Xiaoming, arrived in December, he was welcomed for his fresh approach, which included a willingness to sound off in public on all manner of things. One reason for his willingness to do so, perhaps, is that 49-year-old Zhang is an expert on Hong Kong, having worked in the State Council's Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office for most of his adult life.

22 May 2013 - 2:53am 3 comments

Lawmakers accuse former anti-corruption chief of dodging graft questions

Timothy Tong, former head of the ICAC, will appear for a second hearing this week after he gave testimony for less than 90 minutes. Photo: Sam Tsang

The hearing of the Legislative Council's Public Accounts Committee to question Tong and his successor, Simon Peh Yun-lu, was meant to run for four hours but ended after Tong gave evidence for less than 90 minutes when lawmakers accused him of dodging questions and wasting time.

19 May 2013 - 10:34am 11 comments

ICAC opening new HQ meant more entertaining, says Timothy Tong

Lawyer Peter Wong Ting-kwong (left) with troubled Timothy Tong during the Legco committee's grilling. Photo: Sam Tsang

At a Legislative Council committee hearing into his hospitality spending, Tong attributed the higher entertainment bills racked up during his five-year tenure at the Independent Commission Against Corruption to a rise in the number of visitors to the agency's headquarters in North Point after it opened in 2007.

19 May 2013 - 5:55am 2 comments

Tong must co-operate with probes for his sake and the ICAC's

Timothy Tong owes us full explanation. Photo: Dickson Lee

It would not be surprising if the first Legco probe into the controversy surrounding Timothy Tong Hin-ming is seen as a failure. Defending himself for the first time in public yesterday, the former anti-corruption chief was criticised by lawmakers for being evasive. Given Tong is facing a criminal investigation by the Independent Commission Against Corruption he headed for five years, and that his appearance before the Legco public accounts committee as a voluntary witness did not give him any legal immunity, he was highly cautious when answering questions. Frustrated by the lack of progress, lawmakers cut short the session and decided to summon him to another hearing with special powers.

19 May 2013 - 3:55am 2 comments

Ex-ICAC boss to be grilled over HK$100,000 dinner

Timothy Tong Hin-ming. Photo: Dickson Lee

Former ICAC chief Timothy Tong Hin-ming spent HK$100,000 of public money on a reception at The Peak in one of two lavish dinners he will face questions over in the Legislative Council today.

18 May 2013 - 4:57am 4 comments

Graft-busting agency ICAC launches criminal inquiry into its former boss

Timothy Tong meeting the media as ICAC chief. Photo: Dickson Lee

The city's anti-graft agency said last night it will launch a corruption investigation into its former chief Timothy Tong Hin-ming. He becomes the first head of the graft-busting agency to face a criminal probe in the Independent Commission Against Corruption's 39-year history.

15 May 2013 - 9:03am 5 comments

Up to 3 in 10 complaints to ICAC deemed too weak for further action

Chief executives past and present had to fend off criticism.

Corruption complaints that are deemed "pursuable" - excluding election-related cases - account for 70 per cent to 80 per cent of all reports the ICAC receives every year, a review of its annual reports for the years 2000 to 2011 shows.

12 May 2013 - 7:55am

Who watches over our graft watchdog, the ICAC?

Illustration: Martin Megino

The Independent Commission Against Corruption has long been one of Hong Kong's most cherished institutions, credited with helping turn the city from one of Asia's most corrupt into one of its cleanest.

12 May 2013 - 6:05am 8 comments

ICAC reputation pays price for Timothy Tong's spending

Timothy Tong Hin-ming

Former chief secretary Anson Chan Fang On-sang has drawn her own conclusions from the official figures revealing the lavish spending. "The position of ICAC commissioner demands someone who has integrity. Tong was obviously not the right person."

10 May 2013 - 5:57am 1 comment

Beijing loyalists set to dominate Tong's ICAC probe

Timothy Tong Hin-ming

Pro-establishment lawmakers are expected to dominate a new Legislative Council select committee that will examine former ICAC chief Timothy Tong Hin-ming's allegedly lavish spending during his five-year tenure.

9 May 2013 - 5:24am 3 comments